After several days of rumors, reports, and guesses we finally have our answer: Nathaniel Hackett will be the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator next season.
The Jaguars officially announced Hackett as the offensive coordinator while simultaneously announcing Marion Hobby as the defensive line coach. There were several reports that the team had interviewed Chip Kelly for the offensive coordinator position, but they opted to go another direction, and decided to stick with Hackett.
Hackett took over as the Jaguars offensive coordinator this season for the last nine games, filling in for Greg Olson after he was fired. Before his promotion, Hackett was serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Hackett has twice served as an offensive coordinator under Doug Marrone prior to this term, for two years at Syracuse, and for two years with the Buffalo Bills. Marrone had the following to say about Hackett, courtesy of Jaguars.com.
“We are excited to announce Nathaniel Hackett as our offensive coordinator and he will immediately be tasked with installing and implementing our offense this offseason,” Marrone said in a statement. “I have had the pleasure of working with Nathaniel for seven consecutive seasons and know firsthand how knowledgeable and passionate he is about winning.”
Executive Vice-President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin also weighed in on the announcement of Hackett as offensive coordinator.
“After taking over as the play-caller in 2016, the offensive unit made a significant jump under the direction of Nathaniel Hackett,” Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement Wednesday. “Nathaniel comes from a coaching family and is truly ardent about the game of football, which is contagious to his players and the assistants. He has a long history of working alongside Coach Marrone and we are fortunate to have him on our coaching staff.”
Many will question this decision, considering the Jaguars are keeping both of their coordinators from a bad team. The counter-argument to that is that both of these coordinators will now be able to run their own schemes. However, that still leaves one huge question in Jacksonville: if these guys are so great, and it really was just Gus Bradley’s fault, why weren't these moves made sooner?